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The E-pistle of Sunday, June 18th, 2023

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

Observance of Juneteenth

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

7:30AM in Emmanuel Chapel

10:00AM in the Nave & Livestreamed

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke

in the

City of Portland

and the

Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Whoever you are,

and wherever you may be on the journey of the spirit, 

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

Welcome to St. Luke’s Cathedral

We are a community of faith with ancient worship and modern thought, catholic traditions and progressive theology. We proclaim a Biblical perspective for thinking people, a respect for reason, science, and a diversity of perspective. This empowers compassion and care for both the wider community and one another. Our commitment to welcome and inclusion is central to our mission modeled on the Kingdom of God and proclaimed by Jesus Christ. 

Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Cleveland Museum of Art


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Sunday Morning Service Participants


Christian M. Clough, Canon for Liturgy and Music


The Rev. Anne C. Fowler, Assisting Clergy


The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader & Organist

Christian M. Clough, Canon for Liturgy and Music


John Bancroft

Prayers Leaders

Georgia Bancroft, Sam Allen, Curtis Maurand, Mary Linneman


Peter Bingham, Chester Bishop, Mary Linneman, Deb Marcoux

Head Verger

Eleanor Roberts


Alec Thorne

The Healing Team

Mary Strnad, Elise Magnuson

Live Streaming

Jack Swanton, Sam Allen

Contributing Ministries

Acolytes, Vergers, The Flower Guild, The Altar Guild, The Cathedral Choir,

The Kneeler Guild

Music copyrights granted under #A-713087. Sources: The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Wonder, Love, and Praise, Voices Found, My Heart Sings Out, The Saint Helena Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer,, Enriching our Worship, The Holy Bible (NRSV)

The Altar Flowers

This Sunday’s flowers are given to the glory of God

& in loving memory of Sandy & Sally Fowler,

parents of the Rev. Anne C. Fowler

Thank you in advance for your offering today. You can donate to St. Luke’s through our new and secure “Give and Text” feature. Please TEXT “TEXTCSL” to 73256. Our 2023 Pledge Campaign is ongoing. Pledge materials and information are available here.

Hearing Assistance Devices Available

The Cathedral has new devices for anyone who needs hearing assistance during our worship services. Please ask an usher for help getting started, and let us know how they worked for you. With any additional questions or to give feedback please email Sam Allen or Jack Swanton.

Happening at the Cathedral Today

Bach Virtuosi Artists to Play During the Service Today

Today the Cathedral is grateful to welcome artists from the upcoming Bach Virtuosi Festival who will be providing musical offerings during the service.

Bo Pang (violin), Lucy Gelber (viola), and Kelcey Howell (cello) will offer the following musical selections:


J.S. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring


J.S. Bach: Air from Suite in D Major 


G.F. Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music

Read below to learn more about the artists and their participation in the Bach Virtuosi Festival.

Bo Pang (Violin)

Bo Pang Artist Bio

Lucy Gelber (Viola)

Lucy GelberArtist Bio

Kelcey Howell (cello)

Kelcey HowellArtist Bio

Roots of Jesus Study Group

Sunday Mornings|8:45-9:45AM

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson at 207-405-8250. 

Join us in the Chapter Room from 8:45–9:45 AM on Sunday mornings. Bob Hanson, Biblical scholar, linguist and theologian, leads our group. For more information call Bob at (207) 405- 8250. Activity units are distributed for each session. Assigned readings are from the Biblical books under consideration. The journey is a joyous one.

Community Announcements

An Update From the Interim Dean Search Committee

Submitted by Misha Pride, Committee Chair

The Committee has been hard at work reviewing application materials, and has set an application deadline of June 20. The Committee has also completed the work of establishing an interview process, and has scheduled interviews with a handful of candidates over the next few weeks. Please keep the Committee in your prayers as they continue their swift yet prayerful and deliberative process.

Happy Father's Day

The Cathedral recognizes and prays for all Father's in our congregation and our extended parish family. On this Father’s Day, we give thanks for our fathers and all who were fathers to us. 

Bishop Brown to Preach June 25th

The Rt. Reverend Thomas J. Brown, The Tenth Bishop of Maine, will be preaching at the cathedral next week on June 25th.

The Bishop will be available to meet with parishioners at 8:45A.M. in the Upper Hall prior to the service. 

Building and

Grounds Work Day

Next Saturday, June 24th

Please join a Building and Grounds work day next Saturday, June 24th, 8:30 am - noon! We will focus on yard work around the cathedral. Questions? Please contact Junior Warden Claire Hammen.

Join the Stewardship Ministry Team

We welcome 3-4 parishioners who will join our team and help to:

  • Contribute your ideas and feedback as we plan a year-round stewardship program and annual generosity campaign
  • Identify, collect, and tell stories of how lives are being changed through the Cathedral community
  • Plan multiple and creative ways of thanking those who share their resources

By giving your time and talents, the Stewardship Ministry Team will help to advance the growth of the Cathedral’s annual operating fund supporting spiritual formation, outreach, and fellowship.

Time commitment: meeting in person or via Zoom five times, with additional time on individual work in between meetings, for an approximate total of 10 hours from July to December.

Express interest or bring your questions by emailing

Randi Hogan, Stewardship Ministry Team Leader

Or by emailing the parish office

Thank You to Luke's Garden and All St. Luke's Parishioners who marched in Yesterday's Portland Pride Parade!

Join Luke's Garden for Our Next Meeting

July 9th at 12:00PM

Join Luke's Garden for our next meeting on Sunday, July 9th at 12:00PM in the Lower Hall. Orion Williams will be giving a short lecture on types of sexualities in the LGBTQ community followed by an open discussion.

Parish Administrator Away for Select Weeks in June and July

Parish Administrator, Avery Schott, will be out of the office this week, Sunday, June 18th—Sunday, June 25th, as well as Friday, June 30th—Monday, July 10th. The office will be covered by a group of volunteer parishioners during this time.

Bach Virtuosi Father's Day Sale is Here!

Visit here for more information about discounted tickets for the festival!

Bach Virtuosi Festival

Begins this Week!

June 20 - 27, 2023

Concerts performed at St. Luke's Cathedral and Etz Chaim Synagogue

Johann Sebastian Bach is celebrated as the creator of numerous masterpieces of church and non-secular music, both instrumental and with vocals. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. This year marks the eighth year that the Bach Virtuosi Festival will bring together world-class musicians to share the music of Bach. 

Visit to learn more about the repertoire and world-renowned musicians from the Bach Virtuosi Festival.

Bach Virtuosi Festival Artists Looking for Housing and Ushers

The Bach Virtuosi Festival is looking for housing for participating artists.

The festival also has a need for individuals who would volunteer to serve as ushers for concerts.

If you or someone you know is interested in assisting in any capacity, please contact Administrative Director Megan Akers.

St. Luke’s Cathedral Clergy Presence

 During this time of transition to a new Dean we want to explain to the congregation the ways that St. Luke’s Cathedral is providing a clergy presence. We have assembled a team of clergy who will be responsible for organizing and celebrating worship services. This team consists of the Reverends Suzanne Roberts, Anne Fowler, and Christopher Worthley. They will be assisted from time to time by guest preachers and celebrants. Rev. Fowler and Rev. Roberts are available to any congregants who have need of pastoral care. You may reach Rev. Fowler at (617)548-4783 and Rev. Roberts at (207)749-4166.

The Rev. Christopher Worthley is not available for on-call pastoral care due to full-time employment outside of his ministry, however he is active in care for our neighbors at 75 State Street.

Clynk Bags Available in the Nave and around the Cathedral

Contact: Shana Rose

 St. Luke’s participation in the Clynk Initiative Program helps to support our young adults ministry, The Young and the Restless.

Additional bags have been made available at both entrances of the Nave with barcodes that correspond to the Cathedral’s account.

Anyone is welcome to take a bag and are encouraged to bring it to a local redemption center or grocery store that accepts Clynk. Thank you for your support!

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 am to 11 am every Thursday.

  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.

  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on ZoomFor additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry


Physical Address:

143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

Parking Available at:

134 Park Street, Portland, ME 04101

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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